How to: Put Your Hair Up in a Hairnet for Riding

by Lizzie Lengling June 28, 2020 2 min read

The Farm House give their tips and tricks on putting your hair in a hairnet

It’s an age-old question that has plagued equestrians since the dawn of time. Just how do hunter/jumper riders get their hair up under their helmets like that??

It may seem like a trivial aspect of turnout that doesn’t matter too much, but if you grew up with a conservative trainer who would immediately notice if you had one hair out of place, then you know just how important neat and tidy hair is! 

Putting your hair up in a hairnet may look daunting at first, but after a bit of practice, it becomes second nature. Read on to see my tips and tricks for achieving that perfect “hunter hair”!

One Knot Hairnets

The classic “hunter hair” style hairnet!

Step 1: Part your hair in the middle, so there is an even amount on each side.

Step 2: Place hairnet over head with knot at back of head. Pull the net down over your nose and over your ears. Make sure hair is laying flat with only half of your lower ear still showing.

Step 3: Gather your hair in a low ponytail incorporating the hairnet as well. Secure in a low pony with a hair tie.

Step 4: Move hairnet from over nose up to the hairline and halfway over the ears.

Step 5: Take excess hair in a ponytail and flip on top of the head.

Step 6: Tilt head forward and place the helmet on the head in a back to front motion keeping the excess hair under the helmet.

Step 7: Adjust helmet if needed and admire your work! A second hairnet can be used to contain extra long or thick hair.

No Knot Hairnets

Great for super long or thick hair, and you don’t even need a hair tie!

Big thanks to my coworker Lisa for the assist because I am inept when it comes to this style of hairnet!

Step 1: Part hair so it lays flat and even on each side.

Step 2: Place the hairnet over your head like a necklace. Lay your hair smoothly over your ears with only half your ear still showing.

Step 3: Pull hairnet up over your face, so the end of the hairnet is just above your eyebrows then pull the rest of the net to cover all your hair in a tube-like fashion.

Step 4: Adjust hair over ears if need be.

Step 5: Gather the hairnet with all your hair in your hands and flip over your head.

Step 6: Tilt head forward and place the helmet on the head in a back to front motion while keeping the hair under the helmet.

Step 7: Adjust helmet if needed and admire your work! This hair net can also be used with a ponytail for extra security.

Remember, practice makes perfect! I grew up with a pixie haircut and only recently perfected “hunter hair”, so don’t fret, if I can do it, so can you!!


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